A Course In Miracles is a spiritual practice aiming at removing the blocks to the awareness of Love's (God's) presence.  Below is an overview or introduction by David Beaver.  David is leading the longest on-going ACIM study group in the world, over 35years.  He uses his expertise in cognitive science and virtual reality to help his students understand  and then undermine their belief in what their senses are telling them, thereby moving towards an  experience A Course In Miracles would lead to, one of Miracle Mindedness.  His class meets every Monday night 7pm at Unity Church of the Triangle on the corner of Hargett and Person Streets in Downtown Raleigh, NC.  Enter via the back door off the parking lot.

Another ACIM Introduction by David Beaver

Before my dear friend, Jean McNair, introduced me to the course, I had seen it in the Unity bulletine as an ongoing class that met at the church and wondered what it was about.  I remember thinking it must be some kind of magic.  I vividly recall leaning against the wall at church saying to a friend, "Eastern religions resonate with me, but I don't want to learn yet another religion or philosophy.  I just want to love people and do what I can to heal myself and others, like Jesus did."  In essence I was saying there must be another way.  God wouldn't of made it so hard to return to Him.  I soon learned that  all my suffering has a spiritual mis-thought root cause, altho it may seem to be otherwise, ie I'm a victim of...  

We are spiritual beings and when we think/act that is out of accord with our Divine nature, we experience pain and project it onto the world, or choose to project it onto our own body. 

A Course in Miracles is not a religion, it is a lesson in "mind training" that helps us "unlearn" what we have taught ourselves collectively and individually, as we have taught ourselves wrong. It does not profess to be the ONLY course and acknowledges there are many valid disciplines that teach these same principles.  The opening begins with:

"This is a course in miracles, it is a required course, only the time you take it is voluntary.  Free will does not mean you can establish the curriculum.  It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.  The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught.  It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance.  The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.

This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way;

Nothing real can be threatened,
nothing unreal exists,
Herein lies the peace of God."

Our Creator, God or by what name you so chose to call Source,  graciously placed the answers to all our questions within ourselves, protected and safe from any misinterpretation or distortion.  This Knowing awaits for us to willfully desire His answer.  It awaits our willingness to let go of all we thought we knew and allow the Holy Spirit's answer for God to be remembered. 

 Our problems seem to be many, but in Truth, we have only one, the "seeming" separation from our Creator.   There is only one answer; accept the Atonement - I AM NOT SEPARATE FROM MY CREATOR, I am Whole and Holy as He Created me..... I Am Spirit, a Thought that remains in The Mind of God.  I, nor anyone or anything has the power to change what God created into something other than what he intended.  It is only in my dreams of separation that I appear as a separate being, suffering and apart from God;  on a spiritual journey.  If I have courage to let go of all I thought I knew or have been taught, Jesus and the Holy Spirit show me Their World, and it is not what I seem to see now.  

 

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